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The 2007 Notre Dame Football Season: David Grimes and the Greatest Catch That Wasn’t

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“The only explanation I can think of is they graduated from Stanford or they didn’t get into Notre Dame.”

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SB Nation is celebrating the wild and weird 2007 college football season, and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish were major players in that weirdness. So, despite the pain this may cause all of us, we’re revisiting some of the weird stuff that happened during that terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad Notre Dame Fighting Irish football season.

David Grimes “catch” against Stanford

The 2007 season was arguably the worst season in Notre Dame football. Nothing went right that year, and I mean nothing. Even when it looked like one inkling of light tried to shine from the darkness that was the 2007 season, it was quickly dashed away. Cue the tape against the Stanford Cardinal!

David Grimes even fooled radio announcer Don Criqui with this catch: you can hear Criqui say “there’s too much on it,” as if Jimmy Clausen overthrew him. TV color man Ed Cunningham expressed similar thoughts as well. That’s how spectacular this catch was. It looked to be an incomplete pass by a mile, and instead it was a fantastic layout catch.

Grimes went full extension, hauling in one of the more impressive catches I’ve ever seen. It was almost something you’d see in a movie, but it was all for naught.

In 2007 we were still in the early days of instant replay in college football. The replay system is an imperfect system today, so as you can imagine it was even more imperfect a decade ago. Even though the replay system wasn’t/isn’t all that great, I don’t know what the officials saw to say that the ball touched the ground. Anyone with halfway decent eyes can see that the ball is clearly in Grimes’ hands the whole way through.

Despite the atrocious call, Notre Dame went on to win the game 21-14, capping off a 3-9 season.

We weren’t treated to much of anything good in 2007, so looking back, this call was just par for the course that year.

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